— J Lenni Dorner (@JLenniDorner) May 17, 2015
This post will not reveal any spoilers.
Perfect quote for this book:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
― Margaret Mead
This Young Adult fantasy novel takes place on (what I have reason to believe is) future Earth. The main character is tough and intelligent girl who suffers in poverty because her blood is red. Those with blood of silver rule the world, as they are gifted with great powers.
Why your existing fandom will love this book—
Fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent:
Red Queen has a young female main character who has a difference that makes her special, but will also get her pitted against those who believe they are stronger and better. She’s a bit oblivious to the fact that certain guys have feelings for her. She fights for to make life better for others.
Fans of The X-Men:
Mutants rule the world. They easily identify each other because they all have silver blood. Then one girl with red blood appears and throws a wrench in the whole overlord system.
Fans of fairy tales:
It’s Beauty and the Beast, except there is more there are two beasts, and Belle turns out to be far more than just a girl from the village. (Bonus! Someone in Red Queen does have a massive book collection.)
Blood, blood everywhere, and red drops mean you stink
The book is based on blood. In fact, the cover image is an upside-down crown with red blood dripping off of it. Here are a few excerpts:
- This is the true division between Silvers and Reds: the color of our blood. This simple difference somehow makes them stronger, smarter, better than us.
- As the blood gushes from (spoiler), gasps echo across the arena. We’ve never seen so much blood here before.
- “I’ve never heard of a blood healer before.” “You wouldn’t have, since they’re not allowed to fight in the arenas. There’s simply no point to them doing it.”
- When I pull back, a silver blush paints his cheeks. I can feel my own blood run hot beneath my skin, pounding in my ears.
- I push back from the murdered woman, but my hands slide through a mixture of silverblood and wine. A scream escapes me in a terrifying combination of frustration and grief. The blood clings to my hands, like it knows what I’ve done. It’s sticky and cold and everywhere, trying to drown me.
- “The blood database. Any Red born within a hundred miles of civilization gets sampled at birth. Started out as a project to understand exactly what the difference is between us, but ended up just another way to put a collar on your people.”…
Boobs, pecks, or maybe other arousing imagery
The main character is a female young adult. While boobs aren’t directly mentioned, it’s assumable that she has them. Scenes for this category were difficult to find, so it’s more a selection which could be turned into “boob moments” by Hollywood. And a pecks passage. Here you go:
- My uniform is not so lucky, barely holding together in a charred mess.
- Unfortunately, that happens to be his chest and much-too-thin shirt.
Books are boobs with one letter changed, right?
This isn’t a category for this blog fest! Yeah, I know. But I believe book porn and beautiful prose have the same “implied spirit” as boobs. Do you agree?
- My next instructor waits for me in a room cluttered from floor to ceiling with more books than I’ve ever seen, more books than I ever thought existed. They look old and completely priceless.
- The door shuts behind her with a slam, shaking the framed maps in their glass prisons.
Carnage implies the slaughter of many
There’s plenty! On to some examples:
- Only Silvers can fight in the arenas because only Silvers can survive the arena.
- Dad was injured at the Choke years ago, when a bomb dropped on his unit. Now the Choke is so destroyed by decades of battle, the smoke of explosions is a constant fog and nothing can grow there. It’s dead and gray, like the future of the war.
- Their lives are so terrible that the war is a better alternative, and they’re not even allowed to go.
- “The south is radiated.”… “You know what it does? Radiation?” He sounds truly afraid.
- …”I’m afraid of what happens if nothing in this world ever changes.” He turns hot under my touch, driven by an inner resolve. “That scares me more than dying.”
- The sound of gunfire and screams and blood in the tunnels rumbles in my mind. They are dead. We are dead. It is over.
The book does stand alone, but I’m hoping for it to become a series. The themes presented in Red Queen are relatable. One more story of oppression, of the 1 percent lording over the 99 should be eye-rolling and dull — but this book makes it feel fresh and exciting! Another fairytale with the poor girl catching the eye of the handsome prince should be a snoozefest — but the twist and turns of Red Queen turn it into a thriller. Books are supposed to have one climax, but this book has a new climax every few chapters. There’s some beautiful foreshadowing. Poetic prose snuck in a few times and took my breath away. This book is utterly magnificent. I’ll be in line for the midnight release of the movie or the next book — hopefully both. Yes, it really is that good.